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systemd-vpick - Man Page

Resolve paths to ".v/" versioned directories

Synopsis

systemd-vpick [Options...] [PATH...]

Description

systemd-vpick resolves a file system path referencing a ".v/" versioned directory to a path to the newest (by version) file contained therein. This tool provides a command line interface for the systemd.v(7) logic.

The tool expects a path to a ".v/" directory as argument (either directly, or with a triple underscore pattern as final component). It then determines the newest file contained in that directory, and writes its path to standard output.

Unless the triple underscore pattern is passed as last component of the path, it is typically necessary to at least specify the --suffix= switch to configure the file suffix to look for.

If the specified path does not reference a ".v/" path (i.e. neither the final component ends in ".v", nor the penultimate does or the final one does contain a triple underscore) it specified path is written unmodified to standard output.

Options

The following options are understood:

--basename=, -B

Overrides the "basename" of the files to look for, i.e. the part to the left of the variable part of the filenames. Normally this is derived automatically from the filename of the ".v" component of the specified path, or from the triple underscore pattern in the last component of the specified path.

Added in version 256.

-V

Explicitly configures the version to select. If specified, a filename with the specified version string will be looked for, instead of the newest version available.

Added in version 256.

-A

Explicitly configures the architecture to select. If specified, a filename with the specified architecture identifier will be looked for. If not specified only filenames with a locally supported architecture are considered, or those without any architecture identifier.

Added in version 256.

--suffix=, -S

Configures the suffix of the filenames to consider. For the ".v/" logic it is necessary to specify the suffix to look for, and the ".v/" component must also carry the suffix immediately before ".v" in its name.

Added in version 256.

--type=, -t

Configures the inode type to look for in the ".v/" directory. Takes one of "reg", "dir", "sock", "fifo", "blk", "chr", "lnk" as argument, each identifying an inode type. See inode(7) for details about inode types. If this option is used inodes not matching the specified type are filtered and not taken into consideration.

Added in version 256.

--print=, -p

Configures what precisely to write to standard output. If not specified prints the full, resolved path of the newest matching file in the ".v/" directory. This switch can be set to one of the following:

  • If set to "filename", will print only the filename instead of the full path of the resolved file.
  • If set to "version", will print only the version of the resolved file.
  • If set to "type", will print only the inode type of the resolved file (i.e. a string such as "reg" for regular files, or "dir" for directories).
  • If set to "arch", will print only the architecture of the resolved file.
  • If set to "tries", will print only the tries left/tries done of the resolved file.
  • If set to "all", will print all of the above in a simple tabular output.

Added in version 256.

--resolve=

Takes a boolean argument. If true the path to the versioned file is fully canonicalized (i.e. symlinks resolved, and redundant path components removed) before it is shown. If false (the default) this is not done, and the path is shown without canonicalization.

Added in version 256.

-h,  --help

Print a short help text and exit.

--version

Print a short version string and exit.

Examples

Use a command like the following to automatically pick the newest raw disk image from a ".v/" directory:

$ systemd-vpick --suffix=.raw --type=reg /var/lib/machines/quux.raw.v/

This will enumerate all regular files matching /var/lib/machines/quux.raw.v/quux*.raw, filter and sort them according to the rules described in systemd.v(7), and then write the path to the newest (by version) file to standard output.

Use a command like the following to automatically pick the newest OS directory tree from a ".v/" directory:

$ systemd-vpick --type=dir /var/lib/machines/waldo.v/

This will enumerate all directory inodes matching /var/lib/machines/waldo.v/waldo*, filter and sort them according to the rules described in systemd.v(7), and then write the path to the newest (by version) directory to standard output.

For further examples see systemd.v(7).

Exit Status

On success, 0 is returned, a non-zero failure code otherwise.

See Also

systemd(1), systemd.v(7)

Referenced By

systemd.directives(7), systemd.index(7), systemd.v(7).

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